It's our first new episode of 2022, and even though it's March we wanted to start off with our yearly tradition of a list of this year's new releases in Regency, Georgian, and Victorian Romances that we are excited to read! So yes, some of them are already available, but that just means that you can pick them up and read them NOW! So join us and get excited for what's to come in 2022. You can be sure your TBR is going to be filled to the brim by the end of this episode!
As always, by no means is this a comprehensive list - as it says in the title, we chose these because we can’t wait! But of course, if you think we missed something that we would love - let us know! Our email is email@example.com.
If you'd like to preorder any of the books you heard about on the episode, scroll below to find the links! Preorders really help authors, so don't hesitate if you see a book that sounds fabulous!
Just as a reminder, all dates are subject to change and we, of course, have absolutely no control over that.
1. The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews -
Belles of London #1
Publish Date: January 11th, 2022
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Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.
Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.
Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.
But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?
2. Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall -
Something Fabulous #1
Published: January 25th, 2022
From the acclaimed author of Boyfriend Material comes a delightfully witty romance featuring a reserved duke who’s betrothed to one twin and hopelessly enamoured of the other.
Valentine Layton, the Duke of Malvern, has twin problems: literally.
It was always his father’s hope that Valentine would marry Miss Arabella Tarleton. But, unfortunately, too many novels at an impressionable age have caused her to grow up…romantic. So romantic that a marriage of convenience will not do and after Valentine’s proposal she flees into the night determined never to set eyes on him again.
Arabella’s twin brother, Mr. Bonaventure “Bonny” Tarleton, has also grown up…romantic. And fully expects Valentine to ride out after Arabella and prove to her that he’s not the cold-hearted cad he seems to be.
Despite copious misgivings, Valentine finds himself on a pell-mell chase to Dover with Bonny by his side. Bonny is unreasonable, overdramatic, annoying, and…beautiful? And being with him makes Valentine question everything he thought he knew. About himself. About love. Even about which Tarleton he should be pursuing.
3. A Perfect Equation by Elizabeth Everett -
The Secret Scientists of London #2
Published: February 15th, 2022
How do you solve the Perfect Equation? Add one sharp-tongued mathematician to an aloof, handsome nobleman. Divide by conflicting loyalties and multiply by a daring group of women hell-bent on conducting their scientific experiments. The solution is a romance that will break every rule.
Six years ago, Miss Letitia Fenley made a mistake, and she’s lived with the consequences ever since. Readying herself to compete for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics, she is suddenly asked to take on another responsibility—managing Athena’s Retreat, a secret haven for England’s women scientists. Having spent the last six years on her own, Letty doesn’t want the offers of friendship from other club members and certainly doesn’t need any help from the insufferably attractive Lord Greycliff.
Lord William Hughes, the Viscount Greycliff cannot afford to make any mistakes. His lifelong dream of becoming the director of a powerful clandestine agency is within his grasp. Tasked with helping Letty safeguard Athena’s Retreat, Grey is positive that he can control the antics of the various scientists as well as manage the tiny mathematician—despite their historic animosity and simmering tension.
As Grey and Letty are forced to work together, their mutual dislike turns to admiration and eventually to something... magnetic. When faced with the possibility that Athena’s Retreat will close forever, they must make a choice. Will Grey turn down a chance to change history, or can Letty get to the root of the problem and prove that love is the ultimate answer?
4. The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh -
Last Chance Scoundrels #1
Published: February 22, 2022
When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in a massive scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most inveterate scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill. Or does he?
Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage, especially with her impending engagement to a stuffy earl. When Kieran—her older brother’s best friend and an irresistibly attractive rogue—begs for her help, Celeste makes a deal: she’ll introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London.
In between proper teas and garden parties, Kieran escorts Celeste—disguised as “Salome”—to rowdy gaming hells, wild fêtes, and sensual art salons. As they spend more time together, their initial attraction builds to a desperate desire that neither can ignore. But when someone discovers their midnight exploits, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are endangered, and Kieran must save the woman he loves… respectable or not.
5. I Want You to Want Me by Shana Galen -
The Survivors #12
Published: March 8th, 2022
A cruel twist of fate…
Nicholas St. Clare, youngest son of the Marquess of Averstow, was an avid horseman until his legs were crushed on the battlefield. The injury sent him home to England a broken man. Ashamed of his injury, he’s become a virtual recluse on his country estate until his mother, the dowager marchioness, insists he marry. Nicholas doesn’t want a bride who would be shackled to his broken body and privately despise him for being a cripple. He hates his weakness and doesn’t believe anyone can see past it.
A stroke of good luck…
Amelia Blackstock has always followed her family motto: A Blackstock doesn’t run from trouble. It runs from us. Unfortunately, trouble caught up with her, and when the world finds out, she’ll be ruined. When Lord Nicholas stumbles upon her sobbing, he tries to comfort her. His kindness backfires when they are discovered alone together, and Amelia faces even more scandal. Nicholas offers to marry her, but only if she’ll agree to a separate bed chambers.
A happily ever after in jeopardy.
Amelia concedes to a platonic marriage, but as her feelings for Lord Nicholas grow, she wants more. Nicholas is drawn to Amelia as well, but he fears risking it all by revealing the ugly truth of his injury. When Nicholas’s brothers-in-arms arrive for a house party, it seems everything that can go wrong, does. Between a lost pet pig, a fugitive wanted for treason, and a night of drinking gone awry, Nicholas and Amelia grow further apart. Nicholas is the last of the Survivors. Will he be the only one without a happily ever after?
6. Big Duke Energy by Kerrigan Byrne, Christi Caldwell, Amalie Howard, Janna MacGregor, and Stacy Reid - Seasons of Sin Anthology Collection Book 1
Expected Publication: March 29th, 2022
Kerrigan Byrne and Friends Present: The Seasons of Sin 2022 Anthology Collection. Four books for four seasons from highly-acclaimed, award-winning, and USA Today bestselling authors. Big Duke Energy is all brand new content where beloved secondary characters are granted their second chances at long-awaited happily ever afters!
THE EARL ON THE TRAIN by Kerrigan Byrne
Sebastian Moncrieff is a villain, a traitor, and a pirate, who has recently inherited an Earldom he never wanted. As a man who’s committed every sin imaginable, he knows his only chance at redemption is the one woman who ever reached through to his soul of ice. He’s kidnapped Veronica Latimer once before, and was enchanted by everything about her... This time, when he takes her, he’ll have to admit that she’s kept his heart captive since the moment they met. But can he convince her to forgive his past in order to claim a future?
LOVED AND FOUND: Christi Caldwell
Lieutenant Thaddeus Phippen has lived a lifetime away from the only love he ever knew, a powerful duke's daughter. He's now returned from fighting Boney's forces, ready to put aside tragic battlefield remembrances and the memory of past heartbreak of love lost. Or that was the plan...until Thaddeus finds himself face-to-face with the one woman he soon finds he can't ever forget... Is the divide between former lovers too great to forge a future together...or can they at last have a love to last a lifetime?
THE WOLF OF WESTMORE by Amalie Howard
Lord Wulfric Bane, the Duke of Westmore knows that blood is thicker than water, that duty is more important than personal desire, and that some things, like falling in love, are never meant to be. Cossetted and coddled Lady Jocelyn Capehart has been bred to be the perfect lady. On the outside, she is demure, sweet, and biddable, but on the inside, a vixen longs to break free of her cage. A chance meeting at a sultry club leads to one sinfully explosive night that neither of them can forget.
PUT UP YOUR DUKES by Janna MacGregor
Martin "Duke" Richmond bows to no one, including any duke who protests what he publishes in his sensational gossip rag, The Midnight Cryer. Estranged from her husband for five years because of the incendiary gossip he spews, Amelia Richmond has made a life for herself smoothing "marital problems" with society's most powerful couples. Her business faces ruin when her husband, Martin, goes on a rampage against one of the most powerful dukes in the British Isles. Using her best persuasive techniques to rein in Martin, Amelia finds herself falling for him once again which is bad...very bad.
DUKE OF EVERY SIN by Stacy Reid
Ethan Benedict, Duke of Bainbridge, has been an object of fear, fascination, and salacious gossip for years. To many, his reputation would make him an unlikely savior of a baby left on his doorstep. But Ethan saw the child as perhaps a pathway to redemption. What he did not anticipate was for his jaded heart to soften toward the mysterious young woman who infiltrates his household and secretly cares for the child.
7. How to Be a Wallflower by Eloisa James -
Would-Be Wallflowers #1
Expected publication: March 29th 2022
Miss Cleopatra Lewis is about to be launched in society by her aristocratic grandfather. But since she has no intention of marrying, she visits a costume emporium specifically to order unflattering dresses guaranteed to put off any prospective suitors.
Powerful and charismatic Jacob Astor Addison is in London, acquiring businesses to add to his theatrical holdings in America—as well as buying an emerald for a young lady back in Boston. He's furious when a she-devil masquerading as an English lady steals Quimby's Costume Emporium from under his nose.
Jake strikes a devil's bargain, offering to design her “wallflower wardrobe” and giving Cleo the chance to design his. Cleo can't resist the fun of clothing the rough-hewn American in feathers and flowers. And somehow in the middle of their lively competition, Jake becomes her closest friend.
It isn't until Cleo becomes the toast of all society that Jake realizes she's stolen his fiercely guarded heart. But unlike the noblemen at her feet, he doesn't belong in her refined and cultured world.
Caught between the demands of honor and desire, Jake would give up everything to be with the woman he loves—if she'll have him!
8. Fiona and the Enigmatic Earl by Grace Callaway -
Lady Charlotte's Society of Angels #3 Expected Publication: May 5th, 2022
She is a member of a secret society of lady investigators. He is a spy for the Crown. Both want a marriage of convenience as a cover for their true activities... What could go wrong?
When her overprotective family discovers the true nature of her “charity work” and forbids her from undertaking future investigations, spirited debutante Fiona Garrity decides marriage is her surest way to freedom. All she needs is an accommodating, and preferably not too perceptive, husband with his own hobbies so that he will not interfere with hers. Fate puts her into the path of an eligible peer, who happens to be a scholarly widower known for taking long trips for his research. He would be perfect... if only his grey eyes were not quite so magnetic, and his virile nearness didn’t affect her in such a stimulating manner...
After the death of his first wife, Thomas Morgan, the Earl of Hawksmoor, is torn between his duty to remarry and produce an heir and his true passion: his exciting work as an agent of the Crown. Destiny gives him the perfect solution in the form of a beautiful debutante who professes to want a convenient marriage. She would be an impeccable choice... if only her heavenly gaze didn’t seem to lay bare his desires and her delectable form didn’t tempt him to unleash his darkest instincts...
On Fiona and Hawk’s wedding night, sparks turn into a conflagration that takes them both by surprise. Their marriage is further complicated when a dangerous case brings them into shocking contact, and they must battle not only a deadly enemy but the pull of seduction and desire. Will they conquer deception and fear to win their happily ever after? Find out in this steamy, friends to lovers romance!
9. Crying Wolfe by Kerrigan Byrne - Goode Girls #5
Expected Publication: May 10th, 2022
Elijah Wolfe is just as ruthless as his name suggests. Born in the slums of New York to immigrant parents, he used his sharp wits and sharper fists to fight for survival... One day, he struck gold, literally, but being one of the richest men in the world still leaves his heart empty of trust and his world full of enemies.
Birthed into scandal, Rosaline Goode is having the worst season possible. Women gossip behind their fans, and men don't offer a dance, let alone marriage. Just as she's beginning to find a foothold in society, she's caught, nearly naked, in the home of the famously unscrupulous American whose name is on everyone's lips.
Her lips, however, have captured his dangerous interest, and Rosaline finds his kiss impossible to resist... that is, until she learns that he is her family's most bitter enemy, and his quest for revenge leaves no room in his dark heart for love.
10. How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart by Vivienne Lorret - The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #4
Expected Publication: May 24th, 2022
Ruined debutante Prudence Thorogood lost everything when she was ousted from polite society, including her inheritance. Now she’ll do anything to take back what’s hers… even if she has to steal it. Accepting a scandalous offer from Lord Savage seems like the perfect solution to disguise her criminal intentions from the ton. Until she discovers that there’s more to this scoundrel than meets the eye.
Leo Ramsgate, Marquess of Savage, has everything except for a heart. That organ dried up long ago after a devastating betrayal. Since then, he vowed never to trust or love again. He ensures that his dalliances are mutually satisfying, but always temporary… until he meets the reserved Miss Thorogood. Not one of his previous lovers has ever beguiled him the way she does. Not one has made him want to break his own rules. Not one has tempted him to keep her… forever.
Prue has every intention of disappearing from London after their affair ends. But her plan falters when she finds herself falling hopelessly in love with a man who may never love her in return. With time running out and so much at stake, she cannot help but wonder…
How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart?
11. A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall
Expected Publication: May 24th, 2022
A lush, sweeping queer historical romance from the bestselling author of Boyfriend Material—perfect for fans of Netflix’s Bridgerton, Evie Dunmore, and Manda Collins!
When Viola Caroll was presumed dead at Waterloo she took the opportunity to live, at last, as herself. But freedom does not come without a price, and Viola paid for hers with the loss of her wealth, her title, and her closest companion, Justin de Vere, the Duke of Gracewood.
Only when their families reconnect, years after the war, does Viola learn how deep that loss truly was. Shattered without her, Gracewood has retreated so far into grief that Viola barely recognises her old friend in the lonely, brooding man he has become.
As Viola strives to bring Gracewood back to himself, fresh desires give new names to old feelings. Feelings that would have been impossible once and may be impossible still, but which Viola cannot deny. Even if they cost her everything, all over again.
12. A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera -
Las Léonas #1
Expected Publication: May 31st, 2022
The Exposition Universelle is underway, drawing merchants from every corner of the globe. Luz Alana Heith-Benzan set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three hundred casks of rum, her two best friends and one simple rule: under no circumstances is she to fall in love.
The City of Light is where Luz Alana will expand Caña Brava, the rum business her family built over three generations. It’s a mission that’s taken on new urgency after her father’s untimely death and the news that her trust fund won’t be released until she marries. But buyers and shippers alike are rude and dismissive; they can’t imagine doing business with a woman…never mind a woman of color.
From her first tempestuous meeting with James Evanston Sinclair, Earl of Darnick, Luz Alana is conflicted. Why is this man—this titled Scottish man—so determined to help her? And why, honestly, is he so infuriatingly charming?
All Evan Sinclair ever wanted was to find a purpose away from his father’s dirty money and dirtier politics. Ignoring his title, he’s built a whiskey brand that’s his biggest—and only—passion. That is, until he’s confronted with a Spanish-speaking force of nature who turns his life upside down.
Evan quickly suspects he’ll want Luz Alana with him forever. Every day with her makes the earl wish for more than her magnificent kisses or the marriage of convenience that might save them both. But Luz Alana sailed for Paris with her eyes on liquor, money and new beginnings. She wasn't prepared for love to find her.
13. The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian - The Queer Principles of Kit Webb #2
Expected Publication: June 7th, 2022
Marian Hayes, the Duchess of Clare, just shot her husband. Of course, the evil, murderous man deserved what was coming to him, but now she must flee to the countryside. Unfortunately, the only person she can ask for help is the charismatic criminal who is blackmailing her--and who she may have left tied up a few hours before...
A highwayman, con artist, and all-around cheerful villain, Rob Brooks is no stranger to the wrong side of the law or the right side of anybody's bed. He never meant to fall for the woman whose secrets he promised to keep for the low price of five hundred pounds, but how could he resist someone who led him on a merry chase all over London, left him tied up in a seedy inn, and then arrived covered in her husband's blood and in desperate need of his help?
As they flee across the country--stopping to pick pockets, drink to excess, and rescue invalid cats--they discover more true joy and peace than either has felt in ages. But when the truth of Rob's past catches up to him, they must decide if they are willing to reshape their lives in order to forge a future together.
14. A Matter of Temptation by Stacy Reid -
A Matter of Temptation #1
Expected Publication: June 28th, 2022
No info on this one just yet, only a beautiful cover! But Stacy’s books are always super steamy and smart so I’m always looking forward to a new release from her.
15. You Were Made to Be Mine by Julie Anne Long -
The Palace of Rogues #5
Expected Publication: June 28th, 2022
The mission: Find the Earl of Brundage's runaway fiancee in exchange for a fortune. Child's play for legendary British former spymaster, Christian Hawkes. The catch? Hawkes knows in his bones that Brundage is the traitor to England who landed him in a brutal French prison. Hawkes is destitute, the earl is desperate, and a bargain is struck.
Fleeing a savagely shattered dream, the sheltered Lady Aurelie Capet finds refuge in an alias and the warmth and kindness of the Grand Palace on the Thames—until a gorgeous, mysterious disturbance to her peace literally topples through the door.
An unexpected, fierce desire that feels destined, dangerous—and devastatingly sweet—ignites between the sheltered beauty and the jaded spy, and as they slowly unravel each other's shocking secrets Hawkes closes in on the truth about the earl. Soon it's clear they can have no future without vanquishing the past: Hawkes knows that loving her means avenging her. Aurelie knows that loving Hawkes means freeing him to do that, no matter the cost.
16. Nobody's Princess by Erica Ridley -
The Wild Wynchesters #3
Expected Publication: July 26th, 2022
Nothing happens in London without Graham Wynchester knowing. His massive collection of intelligence is invaluable to his family's mission of aiding those most in need. So when he deciphers a series of coded messages in the scandal sheets, Graham's convinced he must come to a royal's rescue. But his quarry turns out not to be a princess at all... The captivating Kunigunde de Heusch is anything but a damsel in distress, and the last thing she wants is Graham's help.
All her life, Kuni trained alongside the fiercest Royal Guardsmen in her family, secretly planning to become her country's first Royal Guardswoman. This mission in London is a chance to prove herself worthy without help from a man, not even one as devilishly handsome as Graham. To her surprise, Graham believes in her dream as much as she does, which makes it harder to resist kissing him...and falling in love. But how can she risk her heart if her future lies an ocean away?
17. The Inconvenient Heiress by Jane Walsh -
The Spinsters of Inverley #1
Expected Publication: August 15th, 2022
In the quiet seaside town of Inverley, nothing exciting ever happens to gently bred spinsters like Miss Arabella Seton. Content with her watercolor paintings and her cats, she is confident that no one suspects her forbidden and unrequited passion for her best friend, Caroline.
The eldest in a family of six children, Miss Caroline Reeve has the unenviable task of shepherding her siblings into adulthood with little coin and even less patience. The only benefit to being an eternal chaperone is that no one ever expects her to marry.
When the Reeve family inherits an unexpected fortune, Caroline must take her rightful place in high society. Fortune hunters abound, and it is up to Arabella to save her from their snares and convince her that love has been in front of her all along.
Can the heiress and the spinster discover an unconventional love outside of the Marriage Mart?
18. Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean -
Hell's Belles #2
Expected Publication: August 23rd, 2022
A Princess of Thieves
Raised among London’s most notorious criminals, a twist of fate landed Adelaide Frampton in the bright ballrooms of Mayfair, where she masquerades as a quiet wallflower—so plain and unassuming that no one realizes she’s the Matchbreaker…using her superior skills as a thief to help brides avoid the altar.
A King of Reputation
Henry, Duke of Clayborn, has spent a lifetime living in perfection. He has no time for the salacious gossip that arises every time the Matchbreaker ends another groom. His own reputation is impeccable—and the last thing he needs is a frustrating, fascinating woman discovering the truth of his past, or the secrets he holds close.
A Royal Match
When the two find themselves on a breakneck journey across Britain to stop a wedding, it’s impossible for Clayborn to resist this woman who both frustrates and fascinates him. But late-night carriage rides make for delicious danger…and soon Adelaide is uncovering Clayborn’s truths, throwing his well-laid plans into chaos…and threatening to steal his heavily guarded heart.
19. The Gentleman's Gambit by Evie Dunmore -
A League of Extraordinary Women #4
Expected Publication: September 2022
Not yet available for preorder!
Goodreads User Brook posted in May 2021:
“YA'LL BREAKING NEWS CATRIONA IS NOT GOING TO END UP WITH PEREGRIN. I am shooketh.
A quote from Evie in a french interview: "You have the info in preview: Peregrin will not be the hero of Catriona! I hope to give him his own story when the series is over because he is adorable and dear to my heart. But that's also the case with Catriona, and she told me that her happy ending was elsewhere." (translated from french)”
20. The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews - Belles of London #2
Expected Publication: October 11th, 2022
A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.
Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.
For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.
In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…
21. Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne -
Shadow Lairds #1
Expected Publication: December 27th, 2022
From author Lisa Rayne comes an #OwnVoices historical mash-up of Dirty Harry in a kilt with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. This banter-laden historical romance proves kilts have never been more fun.
22. Make My Wish Come True Anthology
Expected: Fall 2022
Not yet available for preorder!
The reason we wanted to highlight this anthology is that author Eva Leigh will be including the Hanukkah Historical novella she’s mentioned in the past here. She told us that the anthology is all about coming home from the war. She doesn’t yet have a title chosen for her story or a blurb yet, but we will be sure to update you all when those are available! The anthology is slated to come out Fall 2022, and again, we’ll share details of the release as soon as we know them.
WHAT DID WE MISS!?!?!!! Any indy authors or big ones you’re excited for? We’d love to hear from you. et us know, either here in the comments or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait to see what new authors emerge and what books we’ll discover in 2022!
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